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Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Sandy Springs man killed during Craigslist robbery

Sandy Springs man killed during Craigslist robbery

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga -- A man is dead after he tried to sell a gaming system on Craigslist. Two suspects are charged with his murder, including a 16-year-old girl who police said pulled the trigger.

Sandy Springs police said Danny Zeitz, 20, died from a gunshot wound after the suspects tried to steal his PlayStation 4.

Flowers, candles and an empty game system box make up a memorial on the spot where Zeitz fell and died Friday night outside his apartment on Treelodge Parkway.

"I heard a pop," said neighbor Quin Hicks. "But it was really muffled so I didn't know where it came from."

Hicks said about 30 minutes later she walked out of her apartment to her car.

Healthcare company CFO pleads guilty to fraud

Healthcare company CFO pleads guilty to fraud

(WXIA) -- The vice president and chief financial officer of a medical equipment business admitted in federal court to defrauding several insurers, including Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Daniel K. Lane Jr., 57, will be sentenced in November by a Georgia-based judge for his part in the scheme.

The defendant works for Compass Healthcare, a company that provides compression stockings to patients with certain medical conditions, such as edema and chronic venous insufficiency. Compass Healthcare is based in St. Louis, Mo., but has offices in several cities, including one at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta.

Prosecutors said Lane and office manager Holly Keisker, 61, submitted false claims and diagnoses to insurance companies for patients who did not require compression stockings. The pair forged and altered doctors' prescriptions to support the claims.

2 killed in Sandy Springs murder-suicide

2 killed in Sandy Springs murder-suicide

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A husband and wife were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Sandy Springs Wednesday morning.

According to Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose, the shooting took place on the 7000 block of Chaparral Drive.

Sandy Springs Police confirmed through Twitter a woman was transported to North Fulton Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, 54-year-old Sharon Wilkins, later died at the hospital.

The body of a man, who police say was both the estranged husband of Sharon Wilkins and the shooter, was found inside the house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was identified as 65-year-old Dan Wilkins.

The home where the shooting occurred is owned by Sharon Wilkins' 86-year-old mother, who was in the home at the time of the incident. She was not injured, authorities said.

The scene has been secured and an investigation is ongoing.

Man shot behind Sandy Springs nightclub

Man shot behind Sandy Springs nightclub

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- One person was killed in a shooting in the parking lot behind a Sandy Springs nightclub.

It happened Monday at around 2 a.m. near Taboo 2 Bar & Bistro in the 6000 block of Roswell Road.

Sandy Springs Police spokesman Steve Rose said 38-year-old Paul Anthony Santos was shot and was transported to the trauma center at North Fulton Hospital, where he later died.

Police have not given a motive for the shooting. Rose said the suspect is a black man who drove away from the club in a sedan. The investigation continues.

Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car

Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A woman has been arrested for leaving a child inside a hot car in a Sandy Springs parking lot.

Melissa Jackson turned herself in to Sandy Springs Police on Thursday.

Investigators said that on July 13, she left a child inside a car with the windows rolled up at the Lowe's on Roswell Road. It was about 86 degrees outside when witnesses spotted the child in the car.

Jackson left the scene before police arrived, but turned herself in after being contacted by detectives.

Police said Cobb County DFCS is also investigating Jackson.

Tenn. man charged in wreck that killed wife

Tenn. man charged in wreck that killed wife

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police have charged a Tennessee man with second-degree vehicular homicide in an accident that killed his 72-year-old wife.

James Straley, 74, was also charged with failure to yield in the June 28 wreck on Roswell Road at the I-285 westbound entrance ramp.

According to the investigation, Straley was trying to enter the ramp when he turned into the path of a Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder slammed into the passenger side of Straley's Toyota Avalon, where his wife was sitting.

The wife, Ailsie Straley, was rushed to Northside Hospital, but suffered a heart attack and passed away in the ambulance.

James Straley was taken to the Alpharetta Jail to post bond. The Pathfinder driver will not face charges.